Balance Your Agni, by The Ayurveda Coach, Claire Paphitis
Updated: May 16
Launching on 13th August 2020, in this expert guide, Claire Paphitis (aka The Ayurveda Coach) revolutionises the teachings of Ayurveda, with her unique approach to this very current but often confusing subject. As a practising Ayurvedic Practitioner, Claire found people were drawn to Ayurveda but didn’t know how to apply it to their lives and were confused by so much conflicting advice and emphasis on understanding one’s ‘Dosha’ (Ayurvedic Body Type).
In her first book 'Balance Your Agni – An Essential Guide to Ayurveda' Claire takes a ground-breaking approach by asking the reader to focus on their Agni or ‘Digestive Fire’. Taking one verse from the ancient Ayurvedic texts as her starting point “An imbalanced Agni is the root of all disorders” she explores this theme through fresh eyes in a way that is simple to understand and follow.
Claire strikes a balance between explaining the fundamentals and sharing knowledge (if you are Vata type, you may not want to eat breakfast but if you are Pitta, you’ll need a meal to sustain you through the morning) while providing daily and seasonal rituals, practical routines and remedies, in order to recognise what imbalances an individual’s body might have, and how to go about fixing them.
For example: “A balanced digestive fire will allow you the freedom to enjoy a wide variety of food groups, but if it is weak you will suffer from bloating, wind, digestive discomfort or allergic reactions”.
'Balance Your Agni addresses the important connection between gut health and mental health and how balancing digestion and boosting immunity (known as Ojas) will help you sleep better, reduce stress and anxiety, have more energy, soothe skin conditions, maintain a healthy weight, balance your hormones and even improve the way you understand yourself and your relationships with family and friends.
Claire states that Ayurveda has blessed her with a health and contentment that she didn’t think she would find, and quite simply, she hopes her reader will find the same. With a clear tone and warm manner, she shows us how to take a 5,000-year-old medicinal system (known as the sister science to yoga) and use it to achieve that very modern goal: mind/body balance.
ABOUT THE AYURVEDA COACH
Claire is a fully qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner trained by one of the foremost Ayurvedic Doctors in Europe, Dr Deepika Rodrigo. She studied under Dr Deepika at the highly respected Ayurveda Institute UK, where she graduated with High Distinction.
Having suffered as a young woman, with migraines, Claire enjoyed a brief interlude with Ayurveda whilst studying at King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Music and graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree and later a Masters Degree (she plays the violin and piano).
Her turning point however, was her mother’s diagnosis of advanced ovarian cancer: “After her diagnosis, mum and I had shared recipes and the latest ‘health crazes’ – anything we could try to feel healthier and stronger and like we had some control over what was happening. It wasn’t long before I rediscovered an Ayurveda book, and like a lightbulb moment I realised that was my path. Everything flowed so easily from that moment on, I found myself at the Ayurveda Institute in South London and amongst a community of the most caring and dedicated doctors and professionals who have been quietly and effectively healing people through Ayurveda for the past 25 years. They humbly shared their wisdom and knowledge with us in the form of the true and authentic teachings of the ancient texts and made them relevant for the disorders of the 21st Century. Sadly, my mum eventually died of cancer, which made me even more determined to commit to do something with my life that would make a difference. And so here I am, forever a student of Ayurveda for healing and balance.”
Expert Comment for World Digestive Health Day
This year World Digestive Health Day falls on May 29th and has a focus on the Gut Microbiome. Research on human microbiome backs up and reiterates the fundamental principles of the 5,000 year old medicinal science of Ayurveda. And what we call ‘gut health’ in modern research, is ‘Agni’ or digestive fire, in Ayurveda. With each specific micro biome, the equivalent of the mind/body type of a person which Ayurveda calls your ‘Dosha' or doshic make-up (Vata/Pitta/Kapha). In Ayurveda, ensuring you eat and live in accordance with your predetermined doshic make-up will ensure a healthy gut environment, or Agni.
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Ayurveda is successful in treating a wide range of conditions including:
Allergies Asthma Insomnia Digestive issues/IBS Fatigue Stress Infertility Menstrual problems Menopause symptoms Low libido Anxiety Joint & back pain Skin conditions - Eczema/Psoriasis Weight loss & Diabetes
Balance Your Agni is published by Ebury, costs £8.99 and is available to pre-order though Penguin, Amazon or Waterstones
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